Monday, July 5, 2010

Artist Filmmaker Seeks Healthcare Equity in Territories of the Breast

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Sonia Báez-Hernández is an artist, filmmaker and cancer survivor who has produced a powerful film with a message for change. Territories of the Breast raises awareness about discriminatory health practices and healthcare inequities for minority women in the U.S

The film is a personal narrative featuring Báez-Hernández and her story and also profiles interviews with cancer survivors. Artist and Producer, Sonia Báez-Hernández, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 at an outpatient facility in Evanston. While at the facility, she reports, she canceled her surgery twice because her rights to participate in critical decisions about her care were violated.

This documentary clearly demonstrates that navigating the healthcare system without medical coverage can be a confusing, harsh and at times dismissive experience.

Báez-Hernández interviews women who have fought for their lives and lived through cancer while battling the system seeking treatment. The film stresses the importance of early detection and medical care for all women and questions how in a country of enormous wealth, preventive healthcare is neither affordable nor equitable for all citizens.

Territories of the Breast courageously ventures into challenging territory exploring difficult questions about human rights and healthcare, a film by an artist, filmmaker and healthcare reform champion that could open the way for transformative change.

Cheryl McLean, Publisher International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice

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Sonia Báez-Hernández film "Territories of the Breast" here: